When Racism and Theology Mix

Launching the Spring Series: The Popes and the Jewish People

THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014 ▪ 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Haub Executive Suite, McShain Hall, 5th floor 

In the late 19th and into the 20th century, the widespread attitude of Catholics and other Christians was that Jews were divinely destined to suffer and be on the margins of society. As this presentation will show, this sentiment contributed to the growing power of racial antisemitism, making the lives of Jews in Europe more precarious. It was in this climate that Pope Pius X stated that “we cannot concede Judaism any further validity.”

GUEST SPEAKER:  Kevin Spicer, C.S.C., Ph.D., a priest in the Congregation of the Holy Cross, is the James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, and the author of Hitler’s Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism and Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin.